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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Tale of the Tattered Tire

Tale of the Tattered Tire

It's circa 1922 somewhere in San Francisco, and this aging Chalmers touring car needs a new shoe. Since we're at the Chalmers-Maxwell dealer, why not take a look at the new models? 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Honored Guest: 1919

Honored Guest: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Thanksgiving 1919." Once this chilly-looking fellow is properly dressed and warmed up in the kitchen, he'll have an honored place at the family table. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

Turkeys to Washington: 1929

November 26, 1929. "Thanksgiving turkeys for the President." Two feathered and one automotive. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Smell the Bird: 1937

Smell the Bird: 1937

Dec. 4, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Correct way to bake turkey. H.E. McClure, of the Bureau of Husbandry, tests the turkey meat for odor." With this pungent image, Shorpy begins his seventh holiday season online and wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Five Across: 1910

Five Across: 1910

1910. "Grade separation under construction, probably upstate New York." Bring the family, and hold onto Junior! Maybe the rail historians out there can pinpoint where we are. 5x7 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Comedy of Motors: 1925

Comedy of Motors: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Cunningham auto and chorus girls." A little of everything going on here -- vaudeville, car trouble, assault! 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Wyoming Baseball: 1910s

Wyoming Baseball: 1910s

        UPDATE: Our astute commenters reveal the location to be Wyoming Valley Seminary College in northeastern Pennsylvania.

"Wyoming baseball" is all it says on this 4x5 negative, from the same batch of glass plates as these college lads. The buildings are another clue. View full size.

 
 
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